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Research,  October 24, 2006

Study: Ed tech has proven effective

"But more needs to be done for technology to reach its full potential in schools"
By Laura Ascione, Assistant Editor, eSchool News
"When implemented carefully--with adequate attention paid to training, support, and evaluation--technology has been found to have a significant positive impact on student learning across all areas of the curriculum, according to a new report. So, why do critics of educational technology still decry the billions of dollars being spent on ed tech in schools across the nation? For one thing, many educators have 'miscalculated' the difficulty of implementing technology effectively, the report says--and ed-tech advocates also might have 'over-promised' their ability to deliver a learning return on their investment.

An analysis of existing ed-tech research offers both good and bad news for advocates of educational technology: Although technology has had a positive impact on education so far, more dedication to research, implementation, and development is needed for technology to realize its full potential as a teaching and learning tool.

That's the conclusion, anyway, of 'Technology in Schools: What the Research Says,' a new meta-study--or study of studies--on the use and effectiveness of classroom technologies. Produced by Cisco Systems and the Metiri Group, the report summarizes general trends and representative studies in areas such as television and video use, calculators, engagement devices such as interactive whiteboards, portable or handheld devices, virtual learning, in-school computing, and one-to-one computing.

The report aims to provide educators with sound data about technological innovations that researchers say are working. Its goal is to help school leaders make better decisions about technology investments."

Posted by wrivenburgh on October 24, 2006 | Research